SME XPO looking forward to Olympia launch

SME XPO, a new event launching in London in May, is offering attendees a unique opportunity to network, learn and navigate the business world. The event, being staged at  Olympia on May 25 and 26, will offer a two-day programme and exhibition for free, providing SMEs, business owners and entrepreneurs advice to progress and grow their businesses.

Keynote speakers will include Holly Tucker, Founder of notonthehighstreet (pictured above), Tej Lalvani, CEO of Vitabiotics and ex-”Dragon”, and Debbie Wosskow, Founder of AllBright. There will also be access to peer-to-peer learning as well as 20 open roundtable discussions offering practical, actionable advice from industry experts.

There will be four streamlined content areas:

• THE MASTERPLAN: Financial foundations, managing cash, entrepreneur’s mind-set, understanding and reaching the modern customer, cross-border trade
• SCALING YOUR BUSINESS: Building the right team, finding the right business partners, using modern marketing, securing investment
• EFFECTIVE ESG: Scaling your purpose led business, translating ESG into competitive advantage, the power of a diverse workforce, creating and implementing a carbon neutral plan, joining the circular economy
• FUTURE OF BUSINESS: The future of banking and investment for SME’s, harnessing the power of data for business growth, spotting and leveraging the next big trends, competing in a digital world, getting under the skin of Gen Z customers.

Tej Lalvani, left, has said that SMEs are the lifeblood of innovation: “SMEs are now more important than ever. The pandemic was a huge seismic shift to digital, especially direct to consumer selling. And, of course, there have also been changes in employee working practices, Brexit, new export and VAT regulations kicking in and, lately, supply chain issues. That’s all created so much confusion and raised so many questions that small business start-ups would like to have answered.” The conference “will help to provide clarity,” he says.